2014 Aston Martin Rapide S - Road Test Specs

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan

(5.9L V12 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 4-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$202,945 including destination and gas-guzzler tax
Options on test vehicleExterior Carbon Fiber Pack ($7,570 ); 20-Inch 10-Spoke Forged Gloss Black Diamond-Turned Wheels ($4,920); Interior Carbon Fiber Pack ($4,545); Rear Seat Entertainment System ($3,785); Front Parking Sensors ($0); Glass Switches ($0); Bang & Olufsen Audio ($0)
As-tested MSRP$220,770
Assembly locationGaydon, England
Drivetrain
ConfigurationLongitudinal, front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V12, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,935/362
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.9:1
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)550 @ 6,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)457 @ 5,500
Fuel typePremium fuel required
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic; push-button gear selector and steering-column-mounted paddle shifters
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.46
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)15
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza S001
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, front245/40ZR20 95Y
Tire size, rear295/35ZR20 105Y
Wheel size, front20-by-8.5 inches
Wheel size, rear20-by-11 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front15.7-inch ventilated and slotted once-piece cast-iron rotors, 6-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear14.2-inch ventilated and slotted once-piece cast-iron rotors, 4-piston fixed calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)4.8
0-75 mph (sec.)6.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.9 @ 111.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.5
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)12.9 @ 111.3
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON68.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.94
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.90
Sound level @ idle (dB)51.3
@ Full throttle (dB)83.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.9
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsPedal overlap only hurts acceleration. Best launch technique is instant pedal transition. Car leaves with zero wheelspin and is fairly consistent. No redline on tach makes it easy to overshoot 6,750 max engine speed.
Braking commentsSolid, consistent pedal and consistent distances. Confident, straight stops.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Good sense of front grip through the wheel. Balanced at the limit. Tends toward understeer. Not easy to coax into oversteer but easy to balance once it's there. Slalom: Direct, precise steering coupled with reasonable stability control calibration proves fairly potent here. Still, a 117-inch wheelbase does the Rapide no favors when it comes to rapid directional changes.
Testing Conditions
Test date1/29/2013
Test locationCal Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,120
Temperature (F)53.9
Relative humidity (%)38.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.1
Wind (mph, direction)0.94 tail wind
Odometer (mi.)1,622
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/38
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)13 city/19 highway/15 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.9
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo descriptionBang & Olufsen premium audio with AM/FM/satellite radio, 6-disc CD changer
iPod/digital media compatibilityiPod via USB and auxiliary jack
Satellite radioStandard
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional twin-screen rear entertainment with wireless headphones
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard hard-drive based
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsFront and rear parking sensors plus rearview camera
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,387
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,424
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51/49
Length (in.)197.6
Width (in.)75.9
Height (in.)53.1
Wheelbase (in.)117.7
Track, front (in.)62.6
Track, rear (in.)63.5
Turning circle (ft.)41
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)30.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.3
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)14
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)31.3
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/unlimited mileage
Powertrain3 years/unlimited mileage
Corrosion10 years/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years/unlimited mileage

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